Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Vann Nath's images

An original Vann Nath painting, showing a scene from his home province, Battambang
The painting above is another original by artist Vann Nath, which is just one of three originals retained by his widow, Kith Eng, at her home in Phnom Penh. Vann Nath, one of handful of people to survive the Khmer Rouge prison at Tuol Sleng/S-21 and who later returned to paint scenes that he witnessed inside the prison and which still hang on the walls of S-21 today, passed away after a long battle against illness in late 2011. Today, his wife's personal collection is dwindling and only three original paintings remain, together with a series of sketches and fine art prints. Pictured below is a copy of Vann Nath's confession front sheet from the S-21 archives, as well as two limited edition sketches which the artist used as a rough guide before painting the same scenes. You can find out more about Vann Nath here.
A page from Vann Nath's S-21 confession

A sketch by Vann Nath of the conditions in prison

A sketch showing Vann Nath's transfer to Phnom Penh and S-21 from Battambang

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